Self-care to Manage Depression and Anxiety

by Holli Young |

Leanne Ling and Sindeep Lehl from RedSwan held a free Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) taster session at The Wishing Well for International Women's Day, on how this combined approach can help you manage depression, anxiety and your own self-care.

One in four people will experience mental health problems throughout their lifetime.

Self-care to manage depression and anxiety

RedSwan joined The Wishing Well for International Women's Day on Saturday 8th March 2014.

Leanne Ling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapist Sindeep Lehl, held a free Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) taster session, on how this combined approach can help you manage depression, anxiety and your own self-care.

The talk originated in Leanne and Sindeep's knowledge of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) which was developed to help people who suffer from recurrent depression by Zindel Segal, Mark Williams and John Teasdale. MBCT is based on Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction programme at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Testimonial from the session: "A friend of mine with Bipolar had briefly mentioned CBT to me in conversation, so I was pleased to discover an introductory talk about it at the "Wishing Well in Bromsgrove". Sindeep presented CBT in a very professional manner and I liked the way she asked us questions throughout, so that we could relate CBT to our own personal life experiences and people that we know.

"I'm a visual learner, so I appreciated Sindeep brainstorming using her flipchart to clearly communicate how CBT works. Also the hand-outs given to read at home contained valuable information too. I particularly enjoyed the "Mindfulness Meditation" at the end of the session, which rounded off the introductory talk nicely.

"I'm a Certified Life Coach and Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner myself; however, I do also refer Clients to other Consultants as necessary. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Sindeep or the Red Swan Psychological Consultancy to my Clients or friends and family in the future."
Annie Dunseith, Certified Life Coach and Emotional Freedom Techniques Practitioner

Self-care to manage depression and anxiety: For many different personal and professional reasons, especially for women in a caring role, modern day life can be stressful and pressurised; often resulting in conditions such as depression and anxiety. It is essential that we understand and manage our mental health wellbeing; to learn the coping skills and techniques required to deal with the varied situation and triggers, which so many of us experience. We can help you to work through your difficulties, by learning the methods and insight necessary; through bespoke personal therapy, tailored to your individual needs and combined CBT and Mindfulness groups.

Our aim is to support you with the difficulties you are experiencing, which could include problems for yourself, or the people you support like; anxiety, depression, stress, OCD, Autism disorders, sexual or physical abuse, relationships, low self-esteem, low-confidence, anger, bereavement, pain management and phobias. We do this by listening to you and providing non-judgemental support and empathy, through personal therapy and groups.

Why self-care? All too easily we forget that, as women, we have numerous roles to fulfil on a daily basis which can include; being an employee/employer, wife/partner, mother, daughter, sister, auntie, niece, friend, carer etc. Women are often naturally nurturing and feel they cannot do enough to help others, especially their loved ones. So who, or what, looks after you? What keeps you nourished so that you can be the support you want to be for others? If we do not practice self-care, we can see how feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, lack of emotional availability and even possible physical health problems could occur.

What is self-care? Self-care can be anything that makes us physically, as well as emotionally, feel better. It could be as simple as giving ourselves permission to opt out of completing certain or all daily tasks for a set period of time; eg I give myself permission to do no housework for today! Or, it can be specific treats such as a massage or hair-cut etc. Consistent practice of Mindful meditations, CBT techniques, physical exercise and healthy nutrition, are activities which can be easily incorporated into our everyday life.

All of these suggestions can aid relaxation and will help you re-energise, feel confident, and continue to fulfil your caring roles as best you can.

For further assistance and information on anxiety, depression, self-care, MCBT, counselling or mental health wellbeing; please do not hesitate to contact me on 07891 504432.

Warm wishes and please get in touch if you are interested in our new combined CBT and Mindfulness meditation group starting in June 2014.